From Bangalore to Ooty

October 21st, 2007

Dude smoking Friday was a holiday here in Bangalore and we took advantage of the 3-day weekend to get out of town. We left the house a bit after 7 and began driving from one end of Bangalore (Whitefield) to the other (Bangalore-Mysore road). At 7am on a holiday it took ~90 minutes to get from one end to the other. Driving inside of Bangalore is always an adventure. Mixing cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, rickshaws, pedestrians, bicycles cows and dogs on one road is… just like you’d imagine.

Here’s another one of those slideshow-like things for you all. I managed to find 36 pictures that I liked! Dig in.
Pictures from Bangalore to Ooty

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  • 1. Heather  |  October 21st, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    I did some fancy research to find out exactly who this guy is: and I found that he is actually a Hanuman Langur, named after a Hindu Monkey-god, or more commonly known as a Gray Langur.

    These bad boys can live up to 20 years and have tail lengths between 69cm and 101cm (~27-40 inches, yikes). That’s a pretty long tail considering their body height ranges from 51cm to 78cm for the larger males. Lets see, I also found out that they live in groups of 11-60, each group dominated by one alpha-male. While we didn’t see any groups as large as 60, we definitely saw that they hang out and eat in groups – in our case, in the middle of the road and nearby shoulder :)

    We also saw multiple groups of these guys:
    who are Macaque monkeys, and are apparently, after humans, the second most-widespread species in the world. Now that’s a lot of monkeys! We see these monkeys here in Bangalore as well, so they aren’t quite as fascinating as the Langurs, but still pretty neat. I’ve even seen them walking along the perimeter walls of our community, fun stuff.

    Did we mention we saw an elephant today?!? We saw a real live wild elephant this morning, which was so incredible. He (I assume, really have no idea) appeared to be chowing down on some breakfast, so cool :)

    Oh yeah, you can search for either type of monkey, and find out more information if my mini-book report wasn’t enough fun to read!

  • 2. trinette  |  November 6th, 2007 at 5:38 am

    How fun!!! I love animals! Did they monkey’s throw their poo at you? HEHE!


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